Dear Participant,

My name is Cheril Carrington, and I am a doctoral learner at Capella University. I am working on my doctoral dissertation, Psycho-educational Factors in the Prediction of Academic Buoyancy in Second Life®. As 3D virtual worlds continue to expand, there is a need to identify the psycho-educational factors in the prediction of academic resiliency.

I would like to invite you to participate in this study if you meet the following criteria:

 A native English-speaking participant, age 18 or older, and
 has formally participated in 3D virtual learning classes sponsored by a university or college in Second Life® or another 3D world, and/or 
 has taken classes sponsored by informal groups in Second Life®.

You are not eligible to participate in the study if you are:

 17 or younger, or
 18 or older and have never participated in any kind of 3D virtual learning class (formal or informal), or
 not a native English-speaker, or 
 Bots, alts or any kind of automated scripted avatars

The survey will take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Taking part in this survey is completely voluntary. You may withdraw or terminate participation in the survey at any time. If you are eligible and complete the survey, you will receive $L400. The participants need to provide his/her avatar name to receive the incentive.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have about this study.

Cheril Carrington (RL) Dr. Tsuey-Hwa Chen 
In-world Gloria Mills (SL) 612-977-5732

This study has been approved by Capella University’s IRB 317084-2, effective from Jan/02/2012 to Jan/02/2013

If you are interested in learning more about and participating in this study, please go to Gloria’s Research Facility at Geonu 35,41,42 (

You may complete the survey online using the following link:, and the password: buoyancy

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